JERSEYVILLE – Claude Melvin Zimmerman, 68, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Saint Louis University Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri.
He was born on September 13, 1952 in Yakima, Washington, the son of Claude A. and Eleanor S. (Braunagel) Zimmerman.
He married Deborah Krotz on September 10, 1975 in Godfrey and throughout their 45 years of marriage they were blessed with three children and the joys of their grandchildren that followed.
Claude worked for many years as a Machinist, retiring from Owens-Illinois and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, searching for arrowheads and hunting, most especially Elk hunting.
Surviving are his wife, Debbie Zimmerman of Jerseyville; two daughters and a son in-law, Tara and Eric Weishaupt of Jerseyville and Brianne Zimmerman of Saint Louis, Missouri; a son, Ryan Zimmerman and his companion, Sarah Molloy, of Jerseyville; four grandchildren, Brennan and Brooklynn Rudolph, Cameron Weishaupt and Noah Garland; four brothers and a sister in-law, Dennis and Earlene Zimmerman of Dow, Nathan Zimmerman of Colorado, Paul Zimmerman of Jerseyville and David Zimmerman of Oregon; as well as his brothers in-law and sisters in-law, Mike and Ruth Krotz of Farfield Bay, AR, Terry Krotz of Texas, Keith and Lori Strader of Brighton.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father in-law and mother in-law, Charlie and Mary Krotz.
Private services will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.
Family and friends are invited to join the family for a graveside ceremony at 1:00 p.m., Friday, at Scenic Hill Cemetery in Grafton.
Memorials may be given to Friends of the SLU Liver Center.
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